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Simon Levenson

BIOGRAPHY

My goal is to develop finished paintings while allowing the initial inspiration of the work to show through. Ideally, a painting is the result of a series of successful stages including; drawing, composition, value, color and brushstrokes. When all the stages work together they create an energy that is greater than any single stage working on its own. It is the ability to respect and retain each stage as I paint that I hope shows through in my work.
     
My paintings are expressions, in oil and canvas, of my experiences as I create them. My best work requires health, balance, and passion. I paint because it requires so much from me and reflects my experiences back to me when done. Painting is a profoundly moving way for me to get to know myself better and to share that with others.

EDUCATION:
1999-2009, Art Students League of New York
2008, Grand Central Academy of Art
1994, Sarah Lawrence College B.A.
1990, National Academy of Art and Design
1990, Boston University – School of Visual Arts

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
2016, Cavalier Galleries 30th Anniversary, New York, NY
2015, American Realism: Past to Present, Cavalier Galleries, New York, NY
2014, Cityscapes: A Century of Urban Landscape, Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich, CT
2014, Summer Group Show, Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich, CT
2013, Urban Landscapes, Cavalier Galleries, New York, NY
2011-12, Cavalier Galleries, New York, NY
2009, Roundtable Show, National Arts Club, New York, NY
2005-09, Exhibiting Artist Member Show, National Arts Club, New York, NY
2002, 03, Solo Show – National Arts Club, New York, NY
1998-2001, Wally Findlay Gallery, New York, NY
1998, Elaine Benson Gallery, Watermill, NY

GRANTS, AWARDS, COMMISSIONS:
2009, Arts for Transit Commission – Permanent Installation – Metropolitan Transportation Authority
2006-07, Artist Member Awards – National Arts Club
2003, Robert Raushenberg Grant
1999, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant (Grant for Sculpture)
1997, Puffin Foundation Grant (Grant for Sculpture)
1997-99, Elaine Benson Gallery – Benefits

WRITING, FILM, OTHER:
2013, Founded Drawing New York, New York City based drawing group with over 5,500 members
2009, 20th Century Fox – Wrote and Optioned Film
2006, Paramount Pictures – Character Design – Animated Film
2002, 20th Century Fox – Wrote and Optioned Film
2001, Boston Museum of Fine Art – Reproductions of Artwork – Museum Store